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Crescenta Valley High baseball knocks down Burroughs

Baseball: Led by Boeke, Falcons win second first-place showdown in a row against Indians, 4-2.

May 01, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley's Ted Boeke threw a complete game in which he didn't allow an earned run in a 4-2 win over Burroughs Wednesday. He struck out nine, walked three and was two for three with two runs batted in a the plate.
Crescenta Valley's Ted Boeke threw a complete game… (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

BURBANK — In the span of 14 innings and less than 24 hours, the Crescenta Valley High baseball team has created quite a stir atop the Pacific League standings.

Not yet a full day removed from displacing Burbank from its spot alone in first and creating a four-way tie, the Falcons took on host Burroughs on Wednesday afternoon and delivered the Indians a 4-2 loss that left three teams standing at the top of the Pacific League.

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“Coming into this week, our coach told us we had to win these two games,” said Falcons senior Ted Boeke. “If we wanted to win the Pacific League, we had to win these two games.”

Boeke proved crucial and clutch on Wednesday, spinning a complete game in which he allowed two runs, both unearned, on four hits, while striking out nine and walking three. He bookended the game with a perfect first and seventh inning, finishing with a final inning in which he needed just six pitches — all strikes.

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“Coach [Phil] Torres came in and told me the game was mine and he wasn’t gonna give it to anybody else,” said Boeke, who was also two for three at the plate with two runs batted in, a run scored and an intentional walk. “That gave me some extra confidence.”

On Tuesday, Crescenta Valley beat Burbank, 4-1, causing a first-place tie among both of squads and Burroughs and Arcadia. But after Wednesday’s action, in which Arcadia defeated Hoover and Burbank bested Pasadena, Crescenta Valley (17-7, 9-2 league) is tied for first with Burbank (14-8, 9-2) and Arcadia (17-7, 9-2), while the loss dropped Burroughs (14-10, 8-3) into fourth.

“We just gotta bounce back and we gotta come back and win games,” said Burroughs Coach Kiel Holmes, whose team has now lost three of its last five league games — all of them against the trio of first-place squads. “We gotta win every one. In this game, in this league, you never know how it’s gonna play out.”

The Indians went to sleep Tuesday night in first, but on Wednesday afternoon had fallen all the way to fourth, thanks in large part to Boeke’s performance on the bump and a game-turning fifth inning for the Falcons that was also bolstered by Boeke.

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